Just back from Black Park and my first ParkRun. Considering this is a park I use regularly to walk my dogs (though not at 9am on a Saturday :-)) I had no idea about ParkRun until I joined this forum. I was astonished and intimidated by the volume of very fit looking runners spilling out of their cars and considered going back home, but my husband was in the car with one of our dogs so I couldn't really turn tail :-). So I joined the throng and after some instruction off we went!
I walked a few short stretches due to the stitch but ran more than 4.9 I'd say. Still waiting for my real time, but I think it was around 35mins, which would be a PB (I've only run 5k once and that was 38mins).
Definitely will back next week and hope to go every week from now on.
Thanks everyone for your comments and inspiration last night